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I Was Wrong

I Was Wrong

I take my job to heart.  When someone asked me recently to choose the single value that spoke most to me personally I couldn't seem to go past, 'Purpose'.  I feel very honoured to have contributed to the learning of so many health professionals in their undergraduate...

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We Know – But Do They?

We Know – But Do They?

When a teenage girl presents seeking her first oral contraceptive pill (OCP) script, what information is she privy to that enables her to make an informed decision? Read the insert inside the box? Please. Which 50 year old, let alone 15 year old does that? Forget it!...

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Too Simple To Be Sensible Science?

Too Simple To Be Sensible Science?

  This year I heard a great quote that hit the spot for me: anyone who offers you a simple solution to a complex problem is lying or misguided, the solution to a complex problem will inherently be complex. Dang! I'm frequently reminded of this in relation to many...

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While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping

Remember the days when we had the brain all back-to-front & upside down?   Anatomy & physiology told us it was an island, completely protected by the blood-brain-barrier from pathology in the rest of the body, that it was incapable of regeneration after damage...

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Your Bigger Role In Mental Health: Beyond the Bottles

Your Bigger Role In Mental Health: Beyond the Bottles

When I returned to seeing clients after my stint working in the pharmaceutical world of antidepressants & antipsychotics I was truly excited by the potential in our dispensary. 18 years later I remain just as excited. But what I hadn't yet understood was just how...

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How Low Can You Go…With Cortisol?

How Low Can You Go…With Cortisol?

Assessing Adrenals can be hit and miss, especially given that even more so than other labs, timing is everything.  That's why endocrinologists typically won't look at anything less than a 24hr urine collection. If the total output is deemed to be high = Cushing's and...

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I Was Wrong

I Was Wrong

I take my job to heart.  When someone asked me recently to choose the single value that spoke most to me personally I couldn't seem to go past, 'Purpose'.  I feel very honoured to have contributed to the learning of so many health professionals in their undergraduate...

read more
We Know – But Do They?

We Know – But Do They?

When a teenage girl presents seeking her first oral contraceptive pill (OCP) script, what information is she privy to that enables her to make an informed decision? Read the insert inside the box? Please. Which 50 year old, let alone 15 year old does that? Forget it!...

read more
Too Simple To Be Sensible Science?

Too Simple To Be Sensible Science?

  This year I heard a great quote that hit the spot for me: anyone who offers you a simple solution to a complex problem is lying or misguided, the solution to a complex problem will inherently be complex. Dang! I'm frequently reminded of this in relation to many...

read more
While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping

Remember the days when we had the brain all back-to-front & upside down?   Anatomy & physiology told us it was an island, completely protected by the blood-brain-barrier from pathology in the rest of the body, that it was incapable of regeneration after damage...

read more
Your Bigger Role In Mental Health: Beyond the Bottles

Your Bigger Role In Mental Health: Beyond the Bottles

When I returned to seeing clients after my stint working in the pharmaceutical world of antidepressants & antipsychotics I was truly excited by the potential in our dispensary. 18 years later I remain just as excited. But what I hadn't yet understood was just how...

read more
How Low Can You Go…With Cortisol?

How Low Can You Go…With Cortisol?

Assessing Adrenals can be hit and miss, especially given that even more so than other labs, timing is everything.  That's why endocrinologists typically won't look at anything less than a 24hr urine collection. If the total output is deemed to be high = Cushing's and...

read more
Iron – Another Important Discovery

Iron – Another Important Discovery

Yet another super-helpful part of Iron-Land has been mapped!!  Ever struggled to correct chronic iron deficiency in athletes or even just weekend warriors?  Yep, me too. One of the key barriers being the 2-3 fold rise in hepcidin in response to exercise. Hepcidin...

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Are You Going Hot & Cold On Thyroid Cases?

Are You Going Hot & Cold On Thyroid Cases?

What's the most common thyroid disease you're seeing in practice?  Nope, try again. I'm serious.  There would be very few of us who'd get this right without cheating. It's nodules.  Current figures suggest 1/2 of all us middle-agers have them and by the time we're 80...

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Is Integrative Medicine Mentoring On Your To-Do List?

Is Integrative Medicine Mentoring On Your To-Do List?

Having just spent the last four days in Sydney delivering education at ACNEM to doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other medical professionals, I am reminded afresh about what we all share: a passion for problem solving and a diagnostic detective determination! ...

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You Record Something Then This Happens…

You Record Something Then This Happens…

I had to say to a mentee just yesterday, "You're going to see the topic for the Update in Under 30 this month and think it's inspired by your patient but it was actually about the 3 other cases I'd seen this month, before yours!"  Yep...I'm talking about thyroid...

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More Punch in Progestins?

More Punch in Progestins?

This week's wonder-full paper and light-bulb discovery was prompted by a 34 year old woman with a history of Depo Provera injections over several years to control unruly menstrual bleeding and pain. She was subsequently diagnosed at 28 with osteoporosis. That's not a...

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Group Mentoring…What’s it all about?

Group Mentoring…What’s it all about?

https://youtu.be/sN-sel64IGc   For all those Mentoring Virgins 😇 out there wanting a clearer understanding of what it's really like to be part of my group mentoring, this video is a little snippet from a session with one of my groups. This year has flown...

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Will Hair Testing Nail Your Patient’s Nickel Problem?

Will Hair Testing Nail Your Patient’s Nickel Problem?

How might your patients' Nickel exposure wreak havoc with their health?  What might that look like?  It may be lurking behind labels like IBS, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, contact dermatitis of unknown origin,(with or without alopecia) or even CFS. "Then how does...

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Get Plugged Into The Brain’s Trust…

Get Plugged Into The Brain’s Trust…

Forehead USB not required. Phew.  All that is required, is a real thirst for new knowledge, rapid development of your diagnostic skills and a willingness to commit an hour every month to tap into your new Brain's Trust: Rachel and a collection of colleagues with a...

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Are You Dancing With The ‘Devil’s…Copper’?

Are You Dancing With The ‘Devil’s…Copper’?

  Kupfernickel. It's the original German name for Nickel and it literally translates to 'Copper Nickel'  which inferred it to be the 'Devil's Copper'. There's an interesting story behind this of course and lo and behold the explanation (as is often the case with...

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